The 2021 Ford F-150 officially makes its debut for the American market. The 14th generation of the iconic Blue Oval pickup truck now comes to the market with a new look and more technology that make the vehicle easier to use and more economical.
The biggest change to the already massive vehicle can be seen with its front fascia. It now comes with a set of redesigned headlights along with a bigger front grille. The new model also now gives customers the option of choosing between 11 different designs depending on the variant chosen. Ford has also added active grille shutters to the vehicle giving it better aerodynamics as well as better fuel efficiency. Speaking of fuel efficiency the Blue Oval has also added a new automatically deploying air dam that can help the vehicle reduce overall drag.
Adding to its new bigger and bolder look, the all-new F-150 now comes with a new power dome hood, wraparound bumpers, and higher front fenders that further add to the already imposing stance of the all-new pickup.
Moving to the rear of the all-new F-150, it now comes with a new set of LED taillights as well as a new rear bumper. It also now features new appliques on the tailgate that showcase a bigger Ford badge.
The inside of the all-new F-150 is familiar, as the pickup truck has only seen minor changes to the interior of the vehicle. What has changed, however, is that Ford has added a bigger 12-inch touchscreen to the truck and an option for a fully-digital instrument cluster. This in turn gives the all-new Ford F-150 a more high-tech vibe than before.
Ford has also upgraded its infotainment system to now feature its all-new SYNC 4 system. With the new system comes new capabilities such as linking up with smartphones wirelessly via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other features such as Bluetooth, navigation, and Applink are now standard for the SYNC 4 system. The Blue Oval has also added a new 8-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system for the standard models of the F-150. Higher trim levels, however, will get the option of an 18-speaker system made by the same company.
Ford with productivity in mind has given the all-new F-150 the option of an interior work surface that serves as a makeshift desk. In this manner, you can easily sign documents, work on a laptop, and even enjoy a meal without having to leave the vehicle.
The all-new F-150 also comes with Pro Power Onboard which serves as the pick-up’s built-in generator. Standard models of the pickup come with a 2.0-kW output while the PowerBoost variants can get up to 7.2-kW of power output. Worried about your charging need? No need to worry as the new pickup comes with 120V cabin outlets as well as four cargo-bed 120V outlets as well. The PowerBoost variants also gain access to the much more powerful 240V outlet.
In terms of safety, the all-new Ford F-150 comes with the Blue Oval’s Co-Pilot 360 2.0 system which gives the vehicle intelligent features such as automatic emergency braking, Active Drive Assist, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic parking assist just to name a few.
The all-new Ford F-150 now has a set of motors under its hood thanks to the addition of a hybrid variant. Dubbed the PowerBoost the hybrid variant of the pickup truck consists of a 3.5-liter twin-turbo Ecoboost engine that is paired to a 35-kW electric motor that comes with a lithium-ion battery pack. The Blue Oval has yet to release official power figures for the hybrid variant, however, the American brand claims that it will be the most powerful in its class. With electric motors assisting the internal combustion motor we can expect the hybrid variant to have very impressive torque figures.
With the hybrid system in play, Ford is estimating that the F-150 can tow up to 5,440 kg and can travel over 1,120 km on a single tank of gas. In order to maximize efficiency, the new full-size pickup now comes with regenerative braking which is used to recharge its battery pack.
While the hybrid variant is the newest addition to the model lineup the all-new F-150 will still retain its older engine options. This means that the F-150 will still have a 2.7-liter or a 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 option, a 5.0-liter Coyote V8 option, a 3.3-liter naturally aspirated V6, and finally a 3.0-liter Powerstroke turbo-diesel motor.
While this is just the official reveal of the all-new F-150 it will still take some time for the vehicle to actually go on sale in the United States. In terms of when it will enter the Philippine market is still unknown, however, we did get to interview the Managing Direct of Ford Philippines PK Umashankar and he told us that after all-new F-150 has officially gone on sale in the US it will take approximately 12 to 18 months to enter the local automotive market. That's if the current F-150 being sold in the country garners enough interest to bring in the all-new model.